'Star Wars: Episode IX' Loses Director Colin Trevorrow in a Creative Dispute

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 - 8:41PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: Episode IX
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 - 8:41PM
'Star Wars: Episode IX' Loses Director Colin Trevorrow in a Creative Dispute
Lucasfilm
In what's now the second time a Star Wars movie lost its director over the past few months, Colin Trevorrow has just dropped out of Star Wars: Episode IX in a surprise statement released this evening.

Just like when directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller left the Han Solo film in June, Lucasfilm has offered little explanation beyond a simple, diplomatic paragraph explaining that it's all mutual and everyone's on good terms with each other. Hopefully, a more detailed explanation will come out soon (as it eventually did with Han Solo), as Trevorrow hasn't put out any statements of his own at the time of this writing.

Here's what Lucasfilm had to say:

Opening quote
"Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon."
Closing quote
 
We know precious little about Episode IX thus far, as The Last Jedi hasn't even come out yet, so it's tough to decipher what these conflicting "visions" were based on Lucasfilm's cryptic statement. Signs were there as early as last month, when a new screenwriter was brought aboard to do rewrites on Trevorrow's script, but that, on its own, isn't too uncommon.

Trevorrow, most well known for directing Jurassic World and Safety Not Guaranteed, has recently been getting bad press because of his newest movie The Book of Henry, which didn't just get bad reviews; it received almost universally god-awful reviews. So it wouldn't be too surprising if Lucasfilm lost faith in Trevorrow after Henry came out, but since it's a single spot on an otherwise clean resume (Jurassic World reviews were mixed, but it made money), it seems unlikely that this would be the only reason for Lucasfilm showing him the door. 

We also know Trevorrow was putting in extra effort to make Episode IX more kid-friendly, which is yet again not that big of a deal, because kids have always loved Star Wars movies. Unless Trevorrow had plans for some sort of Jar-Jar knockoff to play a prominent role, and Lucasfilm saw the writing on the wall and put a stop to it before this faux-Jar-Jar got too large.

Regardless, three Star Wars directors getting cut from two different films is concerning, and may be a sign that the new Disney-owned Lucasfilm isn't as organized as everyone had assumed. It's likely that Disney will move fast, as Ron Howard was given the reigns to the Han Solo movie just days after Lord and Miller stepped down, when they were charged with the crime of going off-script too much.

But it seems a lot like Lucasfilm is having trouble finding directors who are onboard with the "Star Wars vision," whatever that may be for all their new films. Lucasfilm themselves might not even know, apparently.

At the very least, it's probably for the better that the man behind The Book of Henry is kept away from Star Wars until he gets his groove back. Hopefully the recently announced Obi-Wan movie won't have similar problems.

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